Former NFL receiver Cris Carter had some strong words for Vikings wideout Sidney Rice, who opted not to show up for summer workouts with Larry Fitzgerald and others.
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe showed up at the sessions for the first time — but he might wish he had joined Sidney Rice in anyplace but the presence of Carter and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
Per Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Carter and Irvin supplied some “tough love” for Bowe, whom one league source recently described to us as “the single biggest dumbass in the NFL.”
“Can you imagine your first day coming back to 14 100s?” Bowe, who had taken 12 days off, said. “Man, it was like college again. I’ve never done this intensive
competing, conditioning and technique in one day. . . .
Rice had last year,” Bowe added. “I know he had Brett Favre but still. I
talked to him a week ago and he told me they competed and it made him
[better] and he went to the Pro Bowl. Now I think it’s my turn to take
It sounds like the Chiefs had a hand in arranging the tongue-wagging from Bowe, and the tongue-lashing from Carter and Irvin.
“[S]ome people in Kansas City as far as their administration kind of knew I
was going to be here,” Carter said. “We kind of let them know that I would be here for
[receiver Dwayne] Bowe.”
A first-round pick out of LSU, Bowe had two strong years in 2007 and 2008. His production tailed off in 2009, with 47 receptions for 589 yards. He also created an offseason ruckus with his ill-advised comments to ESPN regarding the practice of “importing” something other than matches. Long matches.